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Agrojoint Not to Help Poles Settle in Crimea

Dr. Joseph A. Rosen, director of the Agrojoint, American Jewish organization for assisting Jews to settle on the land in Russia, denies rumors current in London and New York that his group would settle 10,000 Polish families in the Soviet Union.

“The Agrojoint never raised or even thought of raising the question of settling Polish Jews in the Crimea or anywhere else,” Dr. Rosen told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency yesterday. “I cannot understand who floated that stupid story,” he said.

According to the rumors, the Agrojoint asked the Soviet government for permission to colonize 10,000 Polish Jewish families in the Crimean Jewish districts. The Soviet authorities were alleged to have replied that, while they were ready to admit Eastern European Jews, they must settle in the autonomous Jewish regions of Biro-Bidjan in Siberia.

Last week Dr. Rosen informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he and two of his aids were leaving for Biro-Bidjan in the near future to make a tour of the country and investigate settlement possibilities there.

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